Embodied Practitioner Certification

The Embodied Practitioner Certification (EPC) Program

A New World is Emerging and it is Demanding a New Human

As the world becomes more complex we increasingly see the inadequacy of conventional approaches to our problems. From local issues such as school reform, to national issues such as healthcare access, to global issues such as climate change, all kinds of challenges seem to defy resolution.

It’s clear that today’s challenges are asking something different from us. What’s needed is a new human being—an integral human being, someone who...

  • has both profound professional skills and unwavering personal presence
  • has nuanced interpersonal abilities but also the capacity for complex systems analysis
  • is deeply self-reflective yet totally committed to addressing the injustices inflicted on others
  • draws on their capacity for deep silence in order to keep their eyes open in the face of chaos

Imagine how things could be if there was a critical mass of change leaders with these qualities. Change leaders would be able to navigate psychological, cultural, religious and political differences more effectively. Burn-out would yield to new depths of energy and resourcefulness. The universe of possible solutions for any problem would be greatly expanded, and more of the deeper potential of humanity would be realized.


The World Needs a New Model for Change Leadership

Inspired by this vision, we have created a one-of-a-kind leadership program based on a new model for change leadership. We call it the Embodied Practitioner Certification (EPC) program, and we believe it is an important contribution towards creating and nurturing a new generation of change leaders. This vision of a new kind of change leader was much in our hearts and minds when we started MetaIntegral Academy. We believe the future of the planet depends on the emergence of a new type of change leader, one who has a very different relationship to themselves, others, and the world.

EPC is a comprehensive, in-depth and rigorous nine-month leader development program. It gives you the tools, methods, practices, and mentoring you need to develop and execute a project that reflects your passion and talents, one that you can lead from a more embodied level of development to have a new kind of impact on the world.

EPC is the first ever professional certification focused on integral project leadership. Our goal is to develop leaders and projects that are up to the complex challenges facing the world today. Our approach supports your development toward the embodied worldcentric action required to develop a project with impact.

We want to support, challenge, teach, train, and inspire you to become the embodiment of human development, so that your action fully inhabits a worldcentric perspective and your leadership is truly up to the great challenges our planet faces. And we want to give you tools, methods, and mentoring to help you develop a project that reflects your passion and talents, one that you can lead from a more embodied level of development to have a new kind of impact in the world.

EPC is a three level program. This nine month program includes three five day in-person seminars, graduate level academic study, deep personal development, professional skills development, creation of a project with real world application, and lots of individual coaching - all aimed to support you in the project of your choice.

Here are some of the things that make this program unique and valuable:

  • Retreat + Academic + Professional: The program combines core elements of a long-term retreat, a graduate level academic program, and professional training in an unprecedented way.
  • Incubator Environment: The program is strongly oriented to helping participants become change leaders through enacting a project. Each participant works on a project, an idea for something they want to manifest in the world, and we support them in giving form to that project.
  • Professional Application: The program provides the most sophisticated support, resources, experience, and network of contacts for participants to successfully develop their project.
  • Meta-Methodologies: The program trains you in applying integral meta-lenses such as TetraDynamics and PolarityDynamics and trains you to use integral meta-practices such as Action Inquiry and Integral Engagement.
  • Personal Mentoring and Support: Participants have regular mentoring sessions with a teacher to support their personal and professional development.
  • Wide and Deep Embodiment: The program places participants’ reflective awareness and embodiment at the center of the training. This is key to creating a healthy, sustainable relationship to the change process.
  • Rigorous Developmental Testing: Participants will go through a rigorous developmental testing process to measure and assess their growth during the program. No other program does as much testing to ensure in measurable ways that participants are developing to meet the participants and program’s goals.


What EPC Can Do for You

These features combine to create a unique human development and project-based leadership training. If you are engaged in making change in the world, and if you are looking for ways to be not only more effective but more engaged and motivated, then EPC could be just the program for you.

Here are some of the benefits:

  • Learn new frameworks for understanding the world and how it is evolving that reveal untapped human potential
  • Accelerate your personal development to bring new cognitive, self-reflective, emotional, and somatic capacities online
  • Understand the true nature of “activist burnout” and develop a new, more equanimous relationship with what you are trying to change in the world
  • Get support for developing and giving form to an idea or project that you want to bring into the world
  • Become part of a growing community of change leaders who are grounded in a model of change leadership that is truly up to the world’s challenges
  • Deepen and expand your interpersonal and leadership capacities in service of deep impact


What EPC Students Are Saying

Inspiring comments from the EPC1 program that ended in October 2014:


Comments from the first cohort of the Level 1 program that ended in January 2014:


Meet the Faculty

If you're wondering what it's like to work with the faculty, here's a short video of the faculty in action at the final seminar of the EPC Level 1 program that ended in October 2014. (Faculty bios are at the end of this page.)


How to register

EPC is an innovative and integrative nine-month program that includes:

  • 15 full days of instruction (i.e., three 5-day seminars) with leading experts in integral embodiment and application
  • Six 1-hour phone or Skype coaching sessions (3 between each seminar) with a qualified integral mentor
  • A professionally scored Sentence Completion Test (SCT), a professionally scored Leadership Decision Making Assessment (LDMA), as well as a professionally scored Lectical Integral Model Assessment (LIMA). The LIMA has been developed by the Integral Research Center in partnership with Lectica. The results of the tests will be used to deepen your personal inquiry and professional effectiveness.
  • All binder materials and resources provided throughout the year (e.g. a spiralbound copy of the TetraDynamics Handbook)
  • Access to an immense network of the world's leading integral professionals in dozens of fields
  • Support and coaching in developing your project

Typically when MetaIntegral Associates designs an extended leadership development program for multinational companies it is $25,000 to $30,000 per participant. We are committed to democratizing the advanced transformational technology we bring to corporate clients. By privately subsidizing this program from our corporate programs and executive coaching work, we are able to offer it at a significantly lower price.

Below is a summary of the pricing for the program. All prices include tuition and meals and lodging.

Dates for the next EPC Programs:

EPC Adelaide, Australia - 1st session runs from November 8 - 13, 2016

EPC USA - Dates To Be Announced!

The Embodied Community Course - Adelaide, Australia - September 2 - 4, 2016


Early Bird

(till Mar. 31, 2016)

Regular Registration

(from April 1, 2016)

Single Payment $ 13,550 (USD)

$14,550 (USD)

Payment Plan

$ 14,090 (USD)

(6 pmts. of $2,349)

$15,090 (USD)

(6 pmts of $2,515)

You have two payment options...



6 Monthly Payments of


Early Bird Price

(Payment by credit card only)



Option 2:

Single Payment


Early Bird Price

(Payment must be made by wire transfer, ACH or check)

To register with a single payment, please contact us at:


Please provide a phone number (and/or Skype name) and some good times to reach you in your time zone. We'll then contact you to get the information we need to register you.

Please choose this option if your company will be paying your registration. We’ll generate an invoice you can send to your company, which they can pay directly.


Need Help Registering?

Please contact us at epc@metaintegralacademy.com if you have questions or need help with registration. 

Still Have Questions? Talk with the Faculty

If you are a change leader or aspire to be one—at any level, local to global—we invite you to find out how the Embodied Practitioner Certification program can help you transform, energize and accelerate what you are doing now to a whole new level of both effectiveness in the world and deeper personal satisfaction.

We encourage you to arrange a one-on-one phone or Skype conversation with one of the faculty. You'll be able to ask more personalized questions and also get to know the teachers. To schedule a call, please contact us at epc@metaintegralacademy.com.

Wondering What EPC is Like? Experience a Taste for Free!

In October 2014, we presented a live free 4-session mini-course to showcase some of the key frameworks and practices used in the EPC program. We called it...

Vital Skills for Thriving in a Wild, Complex World

A Free Online Mini-Course for Change Leaders

Over 600 people signed up for the course and now you can get free access to all of the recordings, plus supplementary materials. This is a great way to get a taste of what we teach in the course and also get to know the faculty.


About the Faculty

Sean Esbjörn-Hargens, Ph.D. is the founding CEO of MetaIntegral. He is one of the world’s leading experts on Integral Theory and its application. Building on the vision of American Philosopher Ken Wilber, he has played a significant role in creating the field of Integral Theory. Sean is a leading “scholar-practitioner” in integral studies and has published many articles on applying the integral model to a wide range of topics, including education, ecology, sustainable development, the science and religion debate, and consciousness studies.


Dana Carman is an expert in human and organizational transformation. Since 1984 Dana has worked as a senior advisor, consultant and executive coach to leaders of more than 200 visionary organizations on five continents. His clients include multi-nationals, small and mid-sized market leaders, governments and NGO’s that are committed to making a significant impact nationally, regionally and globally. For well over two decades Dana has brought an Integral Whole Systems Approach to complex organizational change.


Jesse McKay has a bachelor degree with majors in Business Administration and Psychology, and an MBA with an emphasis on Corporate Strategy. He works as an engineer with a team of scientists responsible for designing and building command and monitoring systems for the International Space Station, and, separately, as an management consultant serving leaders motivated to achieve greater levels of effectiveness and impact through improved management of their selves, their teams, and their organizations. Jesse has an extensive inter-cultural background that includes professional engagements in Russia, Germany, Ethiopia, Spain, Australia, Sweden, Korea, Estonia, and Canada.


Danielle Conroy is a passionate leadership and transformation consultant and coach committed to supporting people and organisations to realise their potential. She has worked for twenty-two years as a change agent in various capacities, initially running her own medium sized multi-media marketing and training business in Australia, then over a decade in global organisational development in a large multi-national, matrix organisation in Switzerland. Danielle’s clients value her creativity, depth of integral & polarity thinking, her emotional intelligence, focus on results and her partnership approach. She balances an intuitive understanding of people with high level analytical skills and a strong focus on adult development and learning.


Program Details

The program is structured as follows: There are three in person 5-day seminars spread out over the nine month program. Between the seminars, you receive extensive coaching and mentoring to support your leadership development and project application efforts. You come with a project you are passionate about and want to apply integral principles to for the year.

What’s Included:

  • 15 full days of instruction (i.e., three 5-day seminars) with leading experts in integral embodiment and application.
  • Six 1-hour phone or Skype coaching sessions (3 between each seminar week) with a qualified integral mentor.
  • A professionally scored Sentence Completion Test (SCT), a professionally scored Leadership Decision Making Assessment (LDMA), as well as a professionally scored Lectical Integral Model Assessment (LIMA). The LIMA has been developed by the Integral Research Center in partnership with Lectica. The results of the tests will be used to deepen your personal inquiry and professional effectiveness.
  • All binder materials and resources provided throughout the year (e.g. a spiralbound copy of the TetraDynamics Handbook).
  • Access to an immense network of the world's leading integral professionals in dozens of fields.


Dates for next cohort in the USA to be announced soon!


To create an intimate setting we have chosen to have the three 5-day seminars at the EarthRise Retreat Center so that everyone can share meals and spend time together in the evenings. The EarthRise Retreat Center is located at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) campus near Petaluma, California. EarthRise at IONS is housed on 194 acres of beautiful rolling hills where hiking trails meander through pristine native live oak woodlands, and the surrounding open space offers panoramic vistas of the California landscape. Special features include a beautiful permaculture garden that provides fruits and vegetables for the kitchen, a labyrinth, a meditation hut nestled in a peaceful oak grove, a sweat lodge, and multiple sitting areas for quiet contemplation. It is an ideal place to bring theory and practice together and go deep together as a cohort of embodied practitioners.


EarthRise at IONS accommodates up to 120 overnight guests in five buildings. All housing accommodations are situated near to one another. All of the rooms have recently been renovated, and are simply and attractively appointed. Everyone will have a single occupancy bedroom with twin beds, and specified rooms accommodate couples with full-size beds. All bedrooms are carpeted, and feature a desk and clothing bureau. Linens, blankets and towels are provided. In front of the two chalets is a common outdoor deck area with tables and chairs. Both chalets have small private back decks. An equipped kitchen in chalet #2 is accessible to all guests for tea and coffee. There is also an beautiful new outdoor spa that overlooks an amazing view.


The dining hall at EarthRise provides seating for groups of up to 120, with outdoor garden dining available most of the year. Local ingredients are the inspiration for the cooking and include luscious organic fruits and vegetables, free-range poultry, hormone-free meat and dairy products, and extraordinary cheeses. Organic produce from local farmers and the on-site permaculture garden are used whenever possible. The chef draws upon flavors and techniques from around the world to create a diverse cuisine with alluring flavors.

Refund Policy

1. Requests received no later than September 30, 2016:
  • If you cancel within 30 days of registration we will issue a full refund for payments made. If you paid with a payment plan, we’ll also cancel the remaining payments on that plan.
  • If you cancel after 30 days of registration we will issue a refund for all payments made minus a cancellation fee of $1,000. If you paid with a payment plan, we’ll also cancel the remaining payments on that plan.
2. No refunds after September 30, 2016
3. Requests for refunds must be submitted via email to epc@metaintegralacademy.com.

For More Information...

The best way to find out more about the program is to register for free above to watch the live video presentation which took place on October 29, 2014. You can also email us at epc@metaintegralacademy.com and set up a time to talk with one of the faculty.

Help Us Spread the Word!

You almost certainly have family, friends or colleagues who are engaged in making some kind of change in the world. Could the Embodied Practitioner Certification program help them become more effective? Let them know about this free live video presentation so they can find out for themselves. Here's the link to send them to: metaintegral.org//epc-australiaThank you for spreading the word about this great program!

Frequently Asked Questions

I'm not sure what my project would be. Do I have to have one clearly defined in order to qualify?

It's helpful to have your project concept defined before the program starts as this will allow you more time to develop it during the program. But it's definitely not a requirement. We ask that you come in with at least a general concept, then we can help you develop it into a project.

My project concept is fairly small scale; it doesn't have global or even national impact. Is that okay? 

Absolutely! Change occurs at all scales and often large scale change happens as a result of something that started on a small scale. So we welcome project concepts of all sizes.

I feel that I'm called to make change in the world but I'm pretty young and don't have much experience. Would this program be too advanced for me?

EPC is for anyone who wants to embody the kind of change leadership that the world increasingly needs. It's for people who are veterans and want to deepen their commitment and effectiveness, and it's for young, emerging change leaders who want a training program that will get them started on the right path.

How is EPC different from other training programs?

There are many programs that offer training for people who want to make change in the world. Most of these programs have a particular focus that is the program's strength. But they also have a bias toward the importance of that focus that leaves the program weak in other areas. For example, some programs are quite good at teaching community organizing skills, but they do not focus on participants' personal development, which can leave participants underprepared to handle the emotional complexities of community work. EPC is unique for at least three reasons:

  • The program was designed according to the principles of Integral Theory so it is very comprehensive. It works with all dimensions of being human.
  • The program is explicitly developmental. It is more than "bolting on" skillsets; it is helping people to transform themselves and acquire the capacities needed to lead change in the 21st century.
  • The program is project oriented. There is academic study, there is personal development work, but everyone also creates a project in which all the learning and development can be applied in an immediate and practical way.



Level 1 is called "The Path of Presence and Skillful Action" and is represented by our Silver Star. In this year-long training you will learn to work with integral frameworks and a developmental model. You will apply these to an actual project you are working on during the year. During that time you will receive mentorship that supports you to be aware of your somatic, emotional, and cognitive experiences and how to link them powerfully to skillful action. At the end of the program you will present your project to the rest of the cohort and highlight the role Presence and Skillful Action played in your engagement over the year.

The next cohort of the Level 1 program will begin in Adelaide, Australia on November 8, 2016. EPC programs in the US and other countries: Dates To Be Announced Soon!


Level 2 is called "The Path of Essence and Integral Impact" and is represented by our Gold Star. In this year-long training you will learn to work with additional integral frameworks and another developmental model - thus you will be building on the ones you used in Level 1. For a year you will apply these frameworks and models to either the same project you worked on in Level 1 or a completely new one - it is up to you. During that time you will receive mentorship that focuses on you being able to tap into your personal Essence and the subtle fields of energy around you and to do so in a way that amplifies your capacity to deliver integral impact in the context of your project. At the end of the program, as you did previously, you will present your project to the rest of the cohort with an emphasis on the role of Essence and its relationship to obtaining Integral Impact not just on the people or projects but on the larger fields of reality surrounding the project.

The next cohort of the Level 2 program will begin: To Be Announced Soon!



Level 3 is called "The Path of Co-arising and Enactment" and is represented by our Black Star. In this final year of training you will add additional integral frameworks and developmental models to your expertise. In total you will complete your full Embodied Practitioner Certification being well versed in at least thirteen integral lenses (10 frameworks and 3 developmental models). As with Level 2 you can either continue to apply your new integral lenses to a project you worked on in either Level 1 or Level 2, or you can choose an entirely new project to focus on. Over the year you will receive specialized mentorship that supports you to cultivate profound qualities of being that place you in direct contact with the co-arising nature of all phenomena and how you can leverage that experience to enact integral realities that serve the flourishing of aliveness for all beings. As with the prior two levels you will be presenting the results and insights from the year at the end of the program and this will be done in a rich field of pure timeless potential. In fact, this whole last year is really focusing on being an "involutionary" and learning how to hang out on the edge of what is emerging and being a vehicle for that.

A start date for the Level 3 program has not yet been established.